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Texarkana ISD Technology Plan

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Texarkana ISD Technology Plan

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Texarkana ISD Technology Plan

  1. 1. A review by Julia Allen EDLD5362 5/15/2011
  2. 2. Vision Statement <ul><li>“ In a dynamic learning community, technology connects home, school, and the world, and supports learning as a continuous process. We believe that all students can develop enhanced thinking and problem-solving skills through the use of technology as a basic tool to help them enter the workforce and to become life-long learners” (Sullivan, 2006). </li></ul>
  3. 3. Plan Scope <ul><li>Three year plan </li></ul><ul><li>A framework for response to changing needs </li></ul><ul><li>Implemented in three phases: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Upgrade of infrastructure and expansion of staff development </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Expansion of infrastructure, staff development, and technology integration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Evaluation and Improvements </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Internet Connectivity <ul><li>100% of district’s 600 classrooms and 10 campuses have direct access to the internet. </li></ul><ul><li>Internet usage does not reflect the problem-solving and higher order thinking skills the district proclaims as its vision for the technology. </li></ul>
  5. 5. School Networks <ul><li>Each site contains its own local area network (LAN) </li></ul><ul><li>provide access to shared instructional resources </li></ul><ul><li>comprised of file and print servers, Ethernet switches, IP routers, web servers, IP telephony equipment, and Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPS) </li></ul>
  6. 6. Wide-Area Network (WAN) <ul><li>LANs converge into WAN to provide access to Internet and inter-campus communications </li></ul><ul><li>Provides access to shared communication tools such as E-mail, calendars, and web content </li></ul><ul><li>Allows sharing of firewalls, web filters, proxy servers, and other security gateways. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Wireless Connectivity <ul><li>Calls for the purchase and implementation of equipment and software to facilitate secure wireless access to network resources </li></ul>
  8. 8. Student Information Management <ul><li>Maintains accurate and secured student data for reporting purposes including reporting PEIMS </li></ul><ul><li>Data includes: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>student enrollment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Attendance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>participation in special programs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>student performance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>educational progress of mobile students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>expenditures </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>local accountability information </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Student Information Management, Continued <ul><li>Other planned uses: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>on-line attendance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>grade reporting </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Online Learning <ul><li>Implemented for staff development </li></ul><ul><li>For student online instruction, district plans to “stay abreast” of the market and implement “applicable” solutions </li></ul><ul><li>Plan does not emphasize non-traditional approaches but describes use of technology to support current curriculum </li></ul>
  11. 11. Course Management Systems <ul><li>No mention of such resources in the plan </li></ul><ul><li>Aside from plan to implement online grade reporting, no indication of any plan to utilize such resources </li></ul>
  12. 12. Staff Development <ul><li>Does not address teaching staff effective implementation of technology </li></ul><ul><li>Seems to indicate plan to teach competency rather than integration </li></ul><ul><li>“ Before technology can significantly improve learning, teachers must first be competent with the hardware and technology applications that facilitate their work in curriculum and support student learning” (Sullivan, 2006). </li></ul>
  13. 13. Technology Support <ul><li>Each campus has at least one Technology Representative who assists with on-site staff hardware/software implementation and support </li></ul>
  14. 14. Beyond Computers <ul><li>Specifically addresses computers and computer infrastructures </li></ul><ul><li>No provision for use of handheld personal computing devices </li></ul><ul><li>No mention of technology resources such as: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>audio-visual equipment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>video-conferencing tools </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>student response systems </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>interactive white boards </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Cloud Computing <ul><li>Describes increased use by staff of online record-keeping and data sharing </li></ul><ul><li>No other reference to use of cloud storage solutions by teachers or students </li></ul>
  16. 16. Open Source <ul><li>Reference to students’ use of free online resources </li></ul><ul><li>No specific discussion of open source solutions </li></ul><ul><li>Mention of proprietary software by name installed on every device seems to support paid solutions over open source </li></ul>
  17. 17. References <ul><li>Cavanaugh, C., Gillan, K., Kromrey, J., Hess, M. and Blomeyer, R. (2004). The Effects of Distance Education on K–12 Student Outcomes: A Meta-Analysis. Learning Point Associates. </li></ul><ul><li>ICT Integration Guidebook (2008). ICTPD Online Professional Development. </li></ul><ul><li>Levin, D. and Arafeh, S. (2002). The Digital Disconnect: The Widening Gap Between Internet Savvy Students and Their Schools. Pew Internet and American Life Project. </li></ul><ul><li>Moore, R. J. (2006, August). The Five Best Accelerators in Schools. School Administrator 63.7. </li></ul><ul><li>See, J. (1992). Developing Effective Technology Plans. National Center for Technology Planning, Tupelo, MS. </li></ul><ul><li>Sullivan, F. L. (2006). Texarkana ISD Technology Plan. </li></ul>

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